Company: Qatar Rail
Saad Al Muhannadi is the man responsible for making sure Qatar’s $64.7bn rail project stays on track – no mean feat.
Contract awards for the first phase of the Doha Metro were made in May 2009, where $8.2bn of deals were handed out to consortiums building the Red Line North, Red Line South, Green Line and the major stations packages. However, the Gold Line award wasn’t made until almost 12 months later, and an award for the operations and maintenance of the line, which had been scheduled for the final quarter of 2013, has yet to be announced.
Work is progressing, though, with the first two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) delivered in April and four more landing earlier this month for use on the Red Line North and South. The machines will take a few months to assemble, and will each travel for a total of 7-9km, taking two years to make their journey. They will excavate 600m3 per day.
In total, the project needs 20 TBMs – four each for the Red Line North and South, and six each for the Gold and Green Lines.
In February, Qatar Rail awarded a $233.9mn consultancy services contract for the nation’s railway project forming part of the GCC rail network, to a JV between France’s Systra and US-based Parsons.